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Roland Martin Guest Speaker for King Celebration

Roland Martin. His name is synonymous with politics. From Bill Clinton to Barack Obama, Martin has interviewed multiple presidents, and he will be speaking at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as part of their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. The celebration will take place on Friday, Jan. 19 at UTC (see schedule below). Roland Martin served as a political analyst for CNN during the 2008 presidential election. The next year CNN won the Peabody Award for that outstanding election coverage.

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Martin has also served as the host of TV One’s “NewsOne Now.” This daily morning news show focused on culture and politics from the African American perspective. Martin is also a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, a syndicated radio show. As a seasoned journalist, Martin engages with the current generation through his multiple social media platforms. He has been featured in both Jet and Ebony magazines, and received two NAACP Image Awards. He has authored three books; Listening to the Spirit Within, 50 Perspectives On Faith,

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Martin started his career as a city hall reporter for the Dallas Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He quickly became the owner and publisher of the Dallas-Fort Worth publication “Heritage,” a Christian Monthly newspaper, which led to many journalistic awards. He is also the former executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender, the nation’s most historic black magazine. He worked as a morning anchor at KKDA-AM in Dallas, which eventually led him to WVON-AM in Chicago, where he served as a radio talk show host.

Martin is a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism. In May 2008, Martin received a master’s degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Florida Memorial University and Lemoyne-Owen College. For more information about Roland Martin, his website is His event schedule is listed below.


10:30 AM – Open Forum with Q&A (30-45 minutes) Local high school students (open to the public)

11:30 AM – Campus radio interview/Media (30 minute maximum)

Martin will be available for brief one-on-one interviews at the UTC University Center, Tennessee Room.

12:00 PM – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Lunch (30 minute presentation followed by Q& A), in the Tennessee room.

For more information about Martin’s visit, please contact either Tara Mathis or Nicole Brown.

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